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  • Charles Pitt
  •  and Tarek H.A. Hassan


Capital of Egypt, the largest city in Africa. Opera came to Egypt in 1841, when an Italian touring company presented a season in Alexandria. Subsequently opera was given in Cairo; in the 1860s Adelina Patti sang there. In 1869 the khedive decided to build a new opera house in the city to mark the opening of the Suez Canal; the theatre, designed by Italian architects (seating 850 in three tiers of boxes, stalls and top gallery), opened later the same year, not with ...

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